Mancha- an autonomous region in central Spain, encompassing the provinces
of Toledo, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Guadalajara, and Albacete. It was established
as an autonomous region in 1982. It is in the historical region of New
Castile. Its plains are drained by the Tagus and the Guadiana rivers, and
it is bordered by the Iberian range, the Baetic range, and the Morena range.
Wonderful mountainous scenery and valley views, historic cities and castles
are well worth the visit.
Travel Reading on this region:
Montes de Toledo - Toledo
FEATURED PARADOR - CUENCA PROVINCE, CASTILLA-LA MANCHA, SPAIN
de Alarcón, Alarcón, Cuenca Province
This authentic 8th Century
fortress is situated on a promontory above the meandering river Júcar,
on the Manchego-Levantinas border. The hotel occupies the medieval castle
of the Marqueses de Villena, which is over 13 centuries old. Magnificent
oak and a mixture of modern and classical styles have transformed this
Parador into a new building. The fabrics used within bring out its medieval
character; the reds and oranges contrast with the austerity of the space
and serve as a backdrop for its genuine art collection. The Parador
de Alarcón cuisine is based on the famous ‘conquenese’ cuisine comprising
pickled partridge, duck and game pâtés, and Manchegan ingredients
such as Morteruelo (hot meat pâté), Zarajos (fried lamb’s
intestines) and Pisto Manchego (marrow with onion and tomato).
FEATURED HOTELS - CASTILLA-LA MANCHA, SPAIN
for more hotels in Albacete & surrounding areas
- located 173 miles
southeast of Madrid. The settlement was originally named Al-Basit,
"the plain," by the Moors. The city has been known as a center for the
manufacture of fine daggers, scissors, and knives. Albacete is not
known as a tourist destination, but its sights include the new cathedral
and the Museo de Albacete.
for more hotels in Albacete & surrounding areas
The Hotel Europa is located
in Albacete, Spain, 200 metres away from the Cathedral, the Cuchilleria
Museum, and the shopping district. Plaza Mayor is located 17 kilometres
away. Hotel Europa has air conditioning throughout and the multilingual
staff at the front desk are available 24 hours a day. The hotel offers
concierge services and there is secure parking in the garage. Meals
are served in the onsite restaurant and room service is offered during
certain hours. There is a meeting room for small groups and wireless
Internet is provided throughout the hotel.The 119 guestrooms are equipped
with air conditioning, wireless Internet, and satellite television.
San Antonio, Albacete
The Hotel San Antonio is
located in Albacete, Spain. It is situated in the city centre, 100 metres
from the commercial area and the Cuchilleria Museum. The Albacete Exhibition
Centre is three kilometres from the hotel. Wireless Internet access
is available in the air-conditioned public areas and multilingual staff
are available to help from the 24-hour front desk. Hotel San Antonio
offers room service during limited hours and meals are served in the restaurant.
Evening drinks are available from the bar.There are 32 guestrooms, all
with air conditioning and wireless Internet. The televisions have pay movies
and satellite channels and there are direct-dial phones.
de Albacete, Albacete
Located on the plains of
La Mancha, in a setting which offers the appropriate conditions for open-air
activities, the Parador offers the traveller all the privileges necessary
to enjoy a peaceful, relaxed stay. The garden and the swimming pool create
an atmosphere which invites you to rest, to stroll or to have a refreshing
dip on warm summer evenings. This La Mancha country house, with its attractive
corridor, is characterized on the inside by an elegant simplicity, where
the natural light acquires prominence. Large windows and immaculate wood
combine with the luminosity of comfortable bedrooms. The 9 Hole Pitch
& Putt Golf Course and Putting Green is open to the public. Pitch and
Putt is like normal golf but with shorter distances between the holes.
Take advantage of it during your stay, bring your golf clubs!
Los Llanos, Albacete
The Sercotel Los Llanos
is located in the centre of Albacete, Spain, across the street from Abelardo
Sanchez Park and 200 metres from the museum. Distance to the train station
is one kilometre and Albacete Los Llanos Airport is four kilometres away.
Spread over five floors of a city-centre property, Sercotel Los Llanos
is a modern hotel offering views of the city and neighbouring park.
Amenities include a restaurant and bar, coffee shop, reading and social
room, and lobby television. A buffet breakfast (surcharge) is offered each
morning in La Taberna restaurant. Lunch and dinner menus feature traditional
dishes from the La Mancha region.The 79 air-conditioned guestrooms have
contemporary decor with wood floors and modern furniture.
(CIUDAD REAL PROVINCE) FEATURED HOTELS - CASTILLA-LA MANCHA, SPAIN
for more Almagro hotels
- the town was captured
by the Order of Calatrava during the Reconquest, and hence the castle of
Calatrava la Nueva was built to the south west of the town. The town consists
of narrow cobblestone streets and whitewashed houses. Architecturally
impressive, Almagro boasts its colonnaded stone Plaza Mayor, with
distinctive enclosed, green balconies.
de Almagro Valdeolivo, Almagro, Ciudad Real Province
An inn set around two traditional
courtyards, with exposed beams and galleries supported by wooden pillars.
The inn conserves its old stone floors, Moorish tiling, waterproof floor
tiles, masonry, wrought iron grilles and some original doors. It is, in
short, a very typical Almagro building. One of those charming places
where time stands still for enjoyable moments in a traditional atmosphere.
The first of the courtyards has a fountain, pedestal tables and an olive
tree. It lets bright sunlight into the lounge, reception, the restaurant's
private room, the reading room and two of the bedrooms. The second courtyard
has a pretty summer swimming pool, with loungers for you to relax and enjoy
the sun. The interior decor is outstanding for its bright sunlight,
simplicity and rustic touches, as well as tasteful use of colours that
adds warmth and harmony - whites and ochres for walls and ceilings, along
with stained ochre on woodwork.
de Almagro, Almagro, Ciudad Real Province
The Convent of San Francisco
was built by the Dávila de la Cueva in 1596. It is located in an
area of outstanding historic and artistic interest just 5 minutes from
the main square. Here visitors have the opportunity to discover the prettiest
corners of the town, including the ‘corral de comedias’ (open-air theatre)
and the surrounding nature reserves. The interior decoration is finished
with beautiful galleries, woodwork and lattices. The Parador’s restaurant
provides traditional Manchegan cuisine with Arabic influences. The rooms
within the hotel are welcoming and have a stylish feel, featuring 14 interior
courtyards and a swimming pool. The bedrooms are found in the former monastic
cells, providing peace and serenity.
Casa del Rector, Almagro, Ciudad Real Province
The house dates back to
the 18th century and preserves all the flavour of an old house combined
with many touches of colour. The covered central patio, with several fountains,
serves as a hallway to the bedrooms, from the sound of the running water
can be heard. The breakfasts are generous in helpings and quality. The
hotel also has a small wine cellar. The El Corregidor restaurant.
Traditional La Mancha dishes and also some modern dishes. The bedrooms
and bathrooms have been designed and decorated with great care by the owners,
who have studied every last detail and ensuring all the rooms have a feeling
of spaciousness. To this effect, all the bedrooms have a small lounge area,
large beds, a wood fire in two of the rooms, pressure showers, mini-bar,
etc. The daring use of colours and the work carried out by local artists
and cabinet makers is eye-catching.
REAL FEATURED HOTELS - CASTILLA-LA MANCHA, SPAIN
- capital of
the province of Ciudad Real. The capital was founded by King Alfonso
X in the 13th century to fight against the power of the military order
of Calatrava. It has a stop on the AVE high-speed rail line and has
begun to grow as a long-distance commuter suburb of Madrid.
BH Almanzor, Ciudad Real
The BH Almanzor Is located
in Ciudad Real, Spain, 23 kilometres from the Corral de Comedias, and 82
kilometres from the Cimbarra Waterfall. BH Almanzor has a restaurant on
site, which serves modern Spanish cuisine. Room service and breakfast are
available for a fee. The hotel has a conference room, and space for
small meetings. This hotel has a safe-deposit box at its 24-hour
front desk, where concierge services can be found. Guestrooms at
the hotel all have satellite television, as well as complimentary toiletries
and complimentary daily newspapers.
de Manzanares, Manzanares, Ciudad Real
Located in a La Mancha style
country house in Manzanares, the Parador De Manzanares is placed between
three most beautiful nature reserves of the country, which are Cabaneros,
the Ruidera Lagoons and the Tablas De Daimiel. Trees, bushes, gardens,
and plants impregnate this place with greenery, and with its swimming pool
make for a very appetising setting within the La Mancha countryside. The
hotel has well-appointed rooms that are equipped with modern amenities,
provides an affable and friendly atmosphere. You can dine at the
onsite restaurant, which serves regional specialities and also enjoy a
fine drink at the bar. Conference facilities are available for people
on business travel. During leisure, you can relax at the pool or explore
Guadiana Hotel, Ciudad Real
The Hotel Guadiana is located
in Ciudad Real, Spain, 100 metres from the Don Quixote Museum, and 200
metres from both the historic and commercial centres. There is an
outdoor swimming pool on site and a sauna is available inside the building.
Wireless internet access is available in all public areas. The hotel
also provides babysitting/childcare services. Decorated in scarlet and
butterscotch tones with a wooden central pillar doubling up as a drinks'
cabinet, Hotel Guadiana's Restaurant El Rincon De Cervantes serves a range
of international dishes. The 102 air-conditioned guestrooms are decorated
in butterscotch tones. Cream-coloured bedding with scarlet pillows in silken
fabrics is complimented by dark wooden furnishings and fireplaces.
Alfonso X, Ciudad Real
The Hotel Alfonso X is housed
in a 19th century building which retains its period red-brick facade with
distinctive wrought-iron railings at each window. It is located next to
the shops on Plaza Mayor and the City Hall. The restaurant
serves international food and regional La Mancha dishes from a la carte
and set menus. There is also a café onsite, where guests can relax
with a drink. The hotel's public areas mix traditional fabrics and floral
decoration with contemporary wood and metallic surfaces, and wireless Internet
access is available throughout. The 66 guestrooms feature modern
decor and marble bathrooms; all include satellite television, safes and